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11:31AM | 08/29/00
Member Since: 08/28/00
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We are using Peel Away 1 to remove about nine layers of paint (some lead) from the woodwork in our 80 year old house. It is working like a dream - removes all the paint down to bare wood in one application - but how meticulous do we need to be when removing residue? We are following the directions, i.e., washing down with water, then neutralizing with vinegar, but I'm still worried that minute amounts will remain in nooks and crannies, and I certainly don't want our new paint peeling away. Any suggestions?


04:56PM | 08/29/00
If you are following all insructions when cleaning the residue then wait the recomended time to dry, lightly sand entirely with at least 150 or greater sand paper or pads and prime with a quality wood primer/undercoater. You should have no problems with the paint peeling. Providing you also use a quality paint, preferably from a pro paint store.

Also lightly sand the primer coat with 220 grit paper for best results.

kathy fitz

12:01PM | 08/30/00
Member Since: 07/10/00
7 lifetime posts
I used peel away and didn't remove all the residue or somehow I didn't neutralize it properly but when I painted on top of the wood a liquidy substance leached thru the paint. Not sure why it happened but thought I'd share that with you.


01:23PM | 08/30/00
Yes not cleaning the residue properly can pose problems, it is a paint stripper. If you are still concerned after following the directions properly you can use water and a fine steel wool to remove any questionable residue. Be sure to wear dishwashing gloves as the steel wool can leave a tiny splinter or two.


01:20PM | 08/31/00
Member Since: 08/28/00
2 lifetime posts

Thanks for the advice. We have been doing as you suggested -- rinsing, neutralizing, then scrubbing down again with water and steel wool. We haven't started sanding yet, but now I know exactly what to do when we get there. We will be using Benjamin Moore Fresh Start (100% acrylic primer as per the instructions) and Benjamin Moore paint (I wouldn't use anything else). Thanks again for your input!


01:52PM | 08/31/00
Glad to help, let us now how it turns out.

One more tip, get some tack cloths from your paint store. Be sure to dust off before priming. After lightly sanding the prime coat (220 grit) and dusting, use the tack cloths to remove any remaing dust or particles.


06:27PM | 09/02/00
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
It is very important that you remove all of the PEEL AWAY residue with clean water and a scrub brush if needed. Inside you can use vinegar to neutralize the surface (two applications) and test the pH to see you are neutral (between 6/8) Let the surfae dry about a week to ten days then use a good 100% acrylic primer and you should have no problem. An acrylic primer will compensate for any higgher level of pH that might still be left and will allow the surface to breather if there is still a little moisture inside


02:47PM | 11/02/15
Hi, I really need help here, I have used peel away 1 on my staircase, worked a treat, ive washed down and removed all the peel away, lightly sanded, and primed the surface, and just finished putting on the second coat of satin wood paint, but have a patchy areas that look a yellow colour, then realised I hadn't neutralised, how can I fix this with out stripping the stairs again, will a stain blocker spray help ????


01:01PM | 12/15/15
I did the same thing! Yikes. Wondering if I apply vinegar over the oil base primer and add another layer of acrylic primer will this work? It seeps moisture out every time it rains. It is awful. To compound problems, this is on a wedding venue so we only have 5 days between events. We now know we should never had used peel away....this process can not be done in 5 days. Too bad Sherwin Williams did not let me know when they came out to sell me the product.


05:23AM | 03/09/18
what is the difference between peel away 1 and peel away 7 ?


04:34PM | 11/16/19
Peel Away 1 has a ph of 1, meaning that it is highly alkaline (caustic) and it is designed for the removal of old forms of paint (pre-1970s) which often contain lead.

Peel Away 7 is ph 7 and is for use on more modern types of paint.

You can buy a tester kit with little pots of 1 and 7 so that you can determine which is right for the job you have to do.

Peel Away 1 is effective but is nasty, caustic stuff. You need to protect your hands with gloves or you will get a chemical burn. The stripped surface must be neutralised with vinegar or the solution provided before you can repaint. So you only use the type 1 formula when you really have to i.e. when stripping very old types of paint.


09:53AM | 06/18/20
Are there any additional concerns or things to look out for when using peel a way on brick to remove paint splatter or graffiti?


09:48PM | 04/04/21
I'm using Peel Away 1 on interior brick. Because we're indoors, I'm not using a hose to wash down. I have a bucket of dirty water from washing off residue. Is it safe to put this down the drain into my septic? Info the dirt outside? How should I dispose of it? Thanks!


09:47AM | 04/26/21
Used product 1 on silver colored brick. Rinced well. Brick looks great when wet but as it dried there is a milky colored residue. I'd like to leave bricks natural, but how do I get rid of residue? Is there a product that I can use to make bricks look wet or remove residue?


07:22AM | 06/04/21
High pressure water gun and neutralizer - this stuff does remove paint given the correct dwell time and conditions but cleanup and precautions of use sometimes make me think it’s not a perfect solution to paint removal . Very labour Intensive and product is not inexpensive


10:47AM | 07/27/21
Peel Away 1 does NOT have a ph of 1. That would make it highly acidic when in fact it is highly alkaline.


02:14PM | 08/24/21
Using Smart Strip (not peel away) I was interrupted in the middle of stripping, so residue was allowed to dry before I could wash or neutralize. Advice?


11:30AM | 08/27/21
Apply a thin coat of Smart Strip over the dried SS to reactivate (I did the same thing), you shouldn’t have to wait the same amount of dwell time. Also, no need to neutralise Smart Strip, only Peel Away1, but do make sure to scrub away and residue with water and a couple of drops of Dawn.


08:58AM | 09/27/21
I am using Peel Away1 on a garage door. (By the way, it does not seem caustic at all.) After I started, I found that the panels are particle board from the 1950's. Will Peel away damage these panels if I am very careful with the final stripping. I always have to use two coats in order to strip all the old paint.

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